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Ellon Over 60s Club on the brink of collapse without committee

By Kirsty Brown

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A popular Ellon group which encouraged socialisation in the older population is on the brink of collapse due to a lack of office bearers.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Ellon Over 60s Group - which has run for more than 30 years after being set up by John Pirie - met every Thursday afternoon in Ellon Legion with more than 60 people regularly attending.

The number of people attending could even climb as high as 85 in recent years, a testament to the group's impact in fighting loneliness and isolation in the local community.

Open to anybody living locally over the age of 60, the group was an opportunity to socialise and make friends while enjoying entertainment and having fun.

In addition to weekly entertainment, attendees also enjoyed an annual sale of work, bus run and Christmas party which were paid for by group funds.

Unfortunately the group has struggled to attract office bearers in recent times, and following the recent passing of group president Wattie Gill the group is now without a committee.

As it stands there are no plans in place for the return of the group as restrictions lift, and unless office bearers can be found soon then the group will be forced to fold.

Treasurer Gordon Urquhart, the only remaining committee member in office, said: "It's a shame to see something so successful go to the wall just because nobody wants to staff it.

"We're all getting older, unfortunately.

"It's always been a good time but we need people to help organise it - one person is not a committee, we really need a group of people to work together.

"If we can't get a committee then that'll be the end of it, which really is a shame.

"This really is our last chance to save the Over 60s Group before we're forced to close the accounts."

Anybody interested in joining the committee and keeping Ellon Over 60s going is encouraged to phone Gordon on 01358 721 571.

Members of Ellon Over 60s Group enjoying the 2019 Christmas party.
Members of Ellon Over 60s Group enjoying the 2019 Christmas party.

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